Sandy has lived in the Coeur d’Alene area since 1989. The Lord has called her to serve in a number of local non-profit organizations. Most notably her work to establish Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in the five northern counties of Idaho.
Sandy’s health struggles started in January 2012 with a cough and sinus infection. Over the course of the next nine months the cough got worse and brought on bronchitis, then pneumonia, and excruciating chest pain with every cough. The pain came to be attributed to a cracked rib caused by the number and intensity of the coughing fits. In September of 2012 she was diagnosed with Stage 2 non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She was unable to continue working. Her income and bubbly social life came to a screeching halt.
June 1, 2015
Things cancer has taught me
In the moment:
Be present in the moment. Do not allow thoughts of tomorrow take you out of the present moment. People are more important than things. Relationships last a life time and beyond. shopping, paying bills, mowing the lawn, work they will always be there. You may not be there tomorrow.
People know when you are distracted. Ask questions of your loved ones and friends. How is your work going? How is your best friend I haven’t heard you talk about him/her lately. Other people in your life need to be heard and feel important to you.
Talking about your illness or disability gets old and can keep you from receiving a healing. Talking about how awful you feel and things are in your life keep you down and robs your faith.
6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6
Things cancer has taught me.
Be Patient: When you are patient with others you are showing mercy, You are giving a gift to yourself as well as to the other person. The rewards are greater than you can imagine. Patient brings peace and contentment. Anger stirs up strife and robs your joy. You will be remembered kindly for your patience Which would you want in your life, Peace or strife?
Make up your mind that nothing is going to bother you and then practice patients.
Colossians 3:12-13New International
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you
Things cancer has taught me
Helpless not Hopeless: From the day of your diagnosis Your life is taken over by doctors appointments, lab test, biopsy’s, chemo, radiation, transfusions, x-rays, CAT scans, PET scans and just to name a few.
It does not stop for a long time. You have follow up appointments to make sure it does not come back or rear its ugly head somewhere else in your body. And if that is not enough you have side effects form everything.
Your body is never the same. You cannot trust how you feel because in five minutes or less you could be weak and need to lay down, feel sick, or have pain running up and down your body in weird place.
The face in the mirror is no longer yours but a form of your former self. You are swollen and bags under your eyes that are so puffy it looks like you have two sets of cheeks. Your hair, nails and skin are no longer the same. If you loses your hair it takes away your femininity . You cannot tell if you are male or female and for a women it can be devastating.
So what have I learned? This body is just a shell you live in and not who you are. Your appearance is not important as long you stay true to yourself and purpose in life. For some it may be to do their job as an accountant to the best of their ability. Maybe to a mother to raise her children. For me It was not about work or kids (mine were grown), it was sharing Gods love and how much he cares for us no matter what state we are in. Rich, poor, sick , well, He is worthy of our praise. I look into the mirror and may not recognize the bald, baggy eyed, skinny wrinkled person that is staring back at me. I may not have control over all my bodily functions at times, but this I have always been able to count on…”God is Good, God is in control, God is never late, nor do we caught Him by surprise. ” I can live above my problems in this world as long as I have Christ as my guide and comforter. I have peace as long as I keep my eyes on Him and not how I feel, look or what others might think.
I can do all thing through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. In my weakness he is my strength. You really can fly like an eagle and soar over the storms of life if you trust Him.
January 26, 2015
Just want to thank everyone for their prayers. I am healing slowly but surely. God has been so good. My friends are putting on a fundraiser for to help with some of my uninsured transplant related expenses. I will post when I have all the details. March sometime.
They are raffling off a Shot Gun if anyone is interested. $10.00 a piece or 3 for $25 you can call Nancy at 208-661-7177 There are a number of places to pick up Raffle Tickets around town starting next week.
Thank you for your support and prayers they mean a lot to Bob and I.
October 2, 2014
Hi Sandy~ Just want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Cindy & Craig Dennis
October 2, 2014
Sandy, you are such a beautiful and strong woman. I send you love, love, and more love
September 24, 2014
Hey girl, who knew you would be a poster girl on the internet!!! Know we love you and are in our prayers regularly and our thoughts always. Hope this brings everything you need to do this without worry. Love you..
Bob & Virginia
September 9, 2014
You are truly an inspiration to us all girl...your faith is amazing. I love ya! Karen and john